Are Your Employees Rogeting Their Work?

A silly way of cheating and more news about work in the Watercooler

Written by PROFIT Staff

Every month, PROFIT and Canadian Business scour the landscape to find the most quirky, curious and (hopefully) useful workplace news you can apply to your organization. Here’s what we uncovered for our Januart issue. (Illustrations by Kagan McLeod.)

Language Lesson


Definition: The use of a thesaurus to disguise plagiarized writing. The neologism was coined when a U.K. business school teacher noticed students worked hard to thwart anti-plagiarism software, with comically amazing results.

Example: “It says €˜bequest mazes,’ but I think he means legacy networks?”

MORE CHEATING: The Surprising Way Lack of Sleep Hurts Your Business »

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Dept. of Mom-enomics

Moms really are the best

To working moms who feel guilty for missing a meeting because your sick child had to go to the doctor: Don’t. You are more productive than your childless peers. That’s according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which found that over the course of a 30-year career, mothers outperformed women without children at almost every stage of their careers.

Mothers with two or more kids were the most productive of all. The study authors noted that young children take a toll on their mothers’ work—there’s a 15% to 17% drop in productivity among women with toddlers—but when the work is averaged out over the course of a career, they’re more productive. So, yeah, you probably earned that Supermom mug.

MORE AMAZING MOMS: Why You Should Let Working Moms Leave Early »

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Santa’s mechanical little helpers

The number of robots that helped Amazon during its holiday season. The 320-pound bots bring shelves of products to the stock pickers instead of the other way around. On Cyber Monday, customers ordered more than 18 toys per second via mobile devices.

Source: Reuters

MORE ROBOT HELPERS: How This Robot Manufacturer is Changing the World »

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Dear Al Rosen:

Do we have to report holiday gifts that we receive from clients on our taxes?

*Unless the gifts are large, as in many cases of wine. Are they asking for favours?

(Al Rosen is director of forensic accounting with Accountability Research Corp.)

MORE HOLIDAY GIFTS: 3 Things to Watch Out For During Office Holiday Party Season »

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Best backhandedly inspiring advice

“If you think your odds of solving your problem are bad, don’t rule out the possibility that what is really happening is that you are bad at estimating odds.”

€“How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, by Dilbert creator Scott Adams
(Portfolio, $29.50)

MORE FAILURE: How to Fail in the Best Possible Way »

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Dept. of Bad Credit

Wait, don’t open that bill!

In a long-term study of the physical and mental health of more than 1,000 New Zealanders, researchers found a strong link between poor credit and poor health. Looking at blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and smoking habits, researchers found that those who were neglecting their money were at greater risk for heart disease.

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The Moral Majority:

Would you say something to your employer if the bonus you received was bigger than it was supposed to be?

MORE BONUSES: Are You Rewarding Incompetence? »

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Ask the CEO of Canada Goose:

How do I keep warm at the NHL Winter Classic?

“The biggest thing to remember is that a thermometer can tell you the temperature, but it can’t tell you how cold you’re going to feel. Layering is important. Your outerwear needs to be windproof but also breathable to keep heat in and let moisture out. And think about your hands, head and feet: That’s where you’ll feel it first and most. Check out what the camera crews and broadcasters wear—I’ll bet you they’re wearing Canada Goose!”

€“Dani Reiss, CEO of Canada Goose Inc.

MORE WINTER CLASSIC: These 3 Pictures Could Be Worth Millions to Your Business »

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And finally€¦

This month’s excuse:

“I promised myself I would hit my project deadlines in 2015, but I’ve been too busy helping everyone else keep their resolutions.”

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